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Adam Smith

Do you let out an audible sigh of frustration every time someone says, “We’ve never been more divided” and wish you had a space to engage in dialogue that shows this is simply not true? Or maybe you have a gut feeling that your lived experience isn’t the only one out there but you’ve never known anyone that was significantly different from yourself.


The Get Uncomfortable Podcast is for anyone wanting to build community by and through making the uncomfortable conversations about politics, religion, and race common-place. Get started here twice a month and see where this journey can take you.


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REBROADCAST: Don't Make Juneteenth Uncomfortable Too
Jun 16 2024
REBROADCAST: Don't Make Juneteenth Uncomfortable Too
In this conversation on the podcast "Get Uncomfortable," Adam Smith and Ersaleen Hope discuss the significance of Juneteenth, America's "real Freedom Day," and its recent adoption and commercialization. Ersaleen Hope shares her experience of how Juneteenth was acknowledged but not truly celebrated or commemorated in her family prior to 2021. She attributes this to a lack of awareness and the tendency to water down the history of racism and oppression in the United States, both in personal upbringing and the education system. The guest also highlights how her husband, being from the Caribbean, wasn't exposed to Juneteenth until he entered the workforce. However, she expresses optimism and pride in the growing recognition of Juneteenth post-2021, including attending Juneteenth festivals and engaging in community work. The host reflects on the complexities of racism and the need for people to have their eyes opened to its pervasive effects. They draw parallels to a scene from the miniseries Roots, where the celebration of Independence Day contrasts sharply with the experience of enslaved individuals. The conversation touches on the challenges of reconciling military service and patriotism with the awareness that freedom and equality were not extended to all on historical American holidays like July 4th. The importance of questioning and being critical of one's country in the pursuit of true patriotism is emphasized, echoing James Baldwin's perspective.Reparations are an important part of the conversation as well. Reparations can take various forms, such as financial compensation, investments in community development, and targeted policies that address the specific needs of marginalized communities. It's about recognizing the generational impact of slavery, segregation, and discrimination and taking concrete steps to rectify those injustices.But repair goes beyond just policies and financial compensation. It requires a fundamental shift in the culture and mindset of the country. It means actively dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy, challenging implicit biases, and fostering a more inclusive and equitable society for all. It requires individuals, institutions, and the government to commit to long-term, sustained efforts to address and rectify the deep-seated inequities that exist.It won't be an easy or quick process, but it's necessary if we truly want to achieve a just and equitable society. It requires an ongoing commitment to self-reflection, education, and action at all levels of society. And most importantly, it requires listening to the voices and experiences of those who have been marginalized and centering their needs and perspectives in the process of repair.Get Uncomfortable with Adam A. Smith is produced in partnership between Adam A. Smith and Rachel Hanson.If you're interested in sponsoring Get Uncomfortable please feel free to reach out to Adam (adam@hearadamspeak.com) or Rachel (rachelhanson10@gmail.com). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Unseen Path: Embracing Divine Callings
May 12 2024
The Unseen Path: Embracing Divine Callings
💬 Show NotesIn this profound episode, we explore the intersection of faith, calling, and the pursuit of peace with Doctor Aaron Kelson. Tune in as we discuss the challenges of following a divinely inspired path, the true meaning of peace, and how embracing one's calling can lead to a life of purpose despite the absence of worldly peace. Dr. Kelson's journey from a non-traditional student to a PhD in forestry economics and beyond exemplifies the courage and faith required to navigate life's storms. Don't miss this insightful conversation that delves into the essence of spiritual peace and the power of divine guidance.Chapters:(00:00) Introduction(00:15) Doctor Aaron Kelson's Background(00:30) The Concept of Worldly Peace(00:45) Finding Peace Through Nature and Faith(01:00) The Role of Divine Inspiration in Life's Journey(01:15) Embracing One's Calling and Overcoming Doubt(01:30) The Importance of Trusting in Divine Guidance(01:45) Distinguishing Divine Inspiration from Personal Desires(02:00) The Promise of Romans 8:28 and Following God's Purpose(02:15) ConclusionShow notes created by https://headliner.app---🎙️ Thanks for podcasting with Headliner!Join the Conversation:We value your feedback and welcome your questions or suggestions for future topics. Reach out to us via email at rachelhanson10@gmail.com or adam@hearadamspeak.com, or leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to share this episode with friends and family to help spread the conversation and encourage others to "Get Uncomfortable."V0V6zcbtTjNl1boyRosV Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Grit Myth: Exploring Passion and Privilege
May 5 2024
The Grit Myth: Exploring Passion and Privilege
Explore the complexities of 'grit' in today's episode, where we unravel its psychological underpinnings with Dr. Laurie Scheiner. We dissect how grit has been measured in education, its ties to privilege, and the potential pitfalls of overemphasizing this trait. Dr. Scheiner, with her extensive background in higher education, offers a nuanced perspective on the intersection of grit, success, and systemic barriers. Tune in for an enlightening discussion that challenges conventional wisdom and invites us to consider the true drivers of achievement.Chapters:(00:00) Introduction(04:22) Defining Grit and Its Misconceptions(08:15) The Origin and Application of Grit in Education(12:45) Grit vs. Growth Mindset(17:30) The Privilege of Grit and its Implications(23:10) Grit in Higher Education and Access(28:50) The Role of Support and Community in Developing Grit(34:25) Systemic Barriers and the Misuse of Grit(40:00) The Impact of Grit on Faculty and Staff(45:15) Creating Thriving Educational Environments(50:30) ConclusionJoin the Conversation:We value your feedback and welcome your questions or suggestions for future topics. Reach out to us via email at rachelhanson10@gmail.com or adam@hearadamspeak.com, or leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to share this episode with friends and family to help spread the conversation and encourage others to "Get Uncomfortable." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Unpacking the Complexities of Palestine and Love
Mar 17 2024
Unpacking the Complexities of Palestine and Love
💬 Episode Summary, Option 1Dive into the heart of a complex global issue with our latest episode, where we unravel the intricate and emotional layers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Join us as we explore personal stories of trauma, the echoes of the Holocaust, and the power dynamics at play. We navigate the delicate balance between criticism and support, love and politics, and the generational divide in understanding this age-old struggle. Tune in for a thought-provoking journey through history, personal narratives, and the quest for peace in a land marked by contention.---💬 Episode Summary, Option 3Join us for a profound exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where the personal meets the political. We discuss the difficulty of addressing such a contentious issue without alienating loved ones, the nuances of navigating Jewish and Palestinian narratives, and the importance of creating learning spaces for peace. Our guests share their intimate experiences with the Holocaust, the impact of the conflict on their families, and their hopes for a future built on empathy and a bold reimagining of peace. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to understand the depths of this enduring conflict.---📋 Episode Chapters(00:00) This is part two of our two part conversation about the conflict in Palestine(09:28) Jim: Zach says he doesn't love America enough to criticize her(17:41) Wikipedia says it's August Landmesser and Wikipedia agrees with Wikipedia(18:34) Zachary: If you have not seen origin, it's amazing(22:19) Adam Peck: I think it's something Malcolm regretted(29:06) Zach Berman: Start thinking about where this is coming from(36:57) How do people get in touch with you? If they want to book you(37:59) Put yourself in conversations with folks that you deeply disagree with(42:30) There is a civil war in the jewish community right now(50:13) Chuck: Zach, what you are describing is America right now(55:43) Get Uncomfortable is produced by Rachel Hanson and Adam Smith1) New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change2) Tomorrow's Women3) Standing Together4) Palestine Legal  5) International Medical Corps 6) Doctors without Bordershttps://soundcloud.com/franzaaaj/2pac-changes-franz-remakeJoin the Conversation:We value your feedback and welcome your questions or suggestions for future topics. Reach out to us via email at rachelhanson10@gmail.com or adam@hearadamspeak.com, or leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to share this episode with friends and family to help spread the conversation and encourage others to "Get Uncomfortable." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Gaza's Tears: Understanding the Roots of Conflict, part 1
Mar 3 2024
Gaza's Tears: Understanding the Roots of Conflict, part 1
💬 Episode Summary, Option 1Dive into the heart of a centuries-old conflict with 'Get Uncomfortable', where host Adam Smith and guest Dr. Zachary Ritter unravel the complex layers of the Israel-Palestine struggle. This first episode of a compelling two-part series sheds light on the historical and present-day tensions that have led to recent violence in Gaza, exploring the intricate web of politics, religion, and power. Tune in to navigate the uncomfortable truths with insights from a Jewish scholar who bridges the gap between communities, and discover why picking sides isn't as simple as it seems.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---💬 Episode Summary, Option 2Join Adam Smith on 'Get Uncomfortable' for an eye-opening discussion with Dr. Zachary Ritter, a scholar with a unique perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict. In this episode, the first of two, they delve into the origins and escalations of the recent Gaza crisis, examining the impact of historical trauma and the influence of geopolitics on this enduring struggle. From the streets of Gaza to the halls of academia, learn how the conflict resonates globally and why understanding its complexities is more crucial than ever.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---💬 Episode Summary, Option 3'Get Uncomfortable' confronts the volatile issue of the Israel-Palestine conflict with host Adam Smith and Dr. Zachary Ritter, a Jewish advocate for justice. This episode, the first installment of a two-part series, takes you on a historical journey from the roots of Jewish and Palestinian indigeneity to the explosive modern-day consequences in Gaza. Discover the nuanced narratives that challenge conventional allegiances and deepen your understanding of a conflict that defies easy solutions.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---📋 Episode Chapters(00:00) This is the first in a two part series about the Gaza conflict(01:44) Adam Smith: Stand with Israel or stand with Palestine in this conflict(11:43) The conflict between Israel and Palestine dates back thousands of years(19:06) In 1931, British Palestine was only 16% jewish(26:11) Gaza was taken over by Egypt between 1948 and 1967(30:14) 1967 war. Then you have the 1973 Yom Kippur war(37:41) In 1987, Israel erects a wall along the West bank border(48:28) I think anti Semitism is playing out on our college campuses(51:23) Get Uncomfortable is produced by Rachel Hansen and Adam Smith---1) New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change2) Tomorrow's Women3) Standing Together4) Palestine Legal  5) International Medical Corps 6) Doctors without Bordershttps://soundcloud.com/franzaaaj/2pac-changes-franz-remake Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Power of Choice: Charter Schools Demystified
Feb 18 2024
The Power of Choice: Charter Schools Demystified
Dive into the heart of educational innovation with Adam Smith and his guest, Kaleem Caire, as they unravel the complexities and triumphs of charter schools in the latest episode of Get Uncomfortable. From the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, to the corridors of power in Washington D.C., Caire's journey is a testament to the relentless pursuit of educational excellence for black and Latino students. Tune in to discover how One City Schools is shattering misconceptions and bridging achievement gaps one scholar at a time.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---💬 Episode Summary, Option 2In this eye-opening episode of Get Uncomfortable, Adam Smith engages with visionary educator Kaleem Caire, who is reshaping the future of charter schools. As the founder of One City Schools, Caire delves into the challenges of creating educational environments that nurture leadership, accountability, and success for underrepresented communities. Learn about the battles fought and won, the policies shaped, and the lives transformed in this powerful narrative of hope and change.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---💬 Episode Summary, Option 3Join Adam Smith on a journey through the transformative world of charter schools in the latest episode of Get Uncomfortable, featuring Kaleem Caire. Uncover the myths and truths behind the public charter school movement and how One City Schools is making a profound impact on young lives. From his military discipline to his educational advocacy, Caire's story is a masterclass in dedication and the power of community. Listen in and be inspired by a revolution in education that's happening now.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---📋 Episode Chapters(00:00) Charter schools are in fact publicly funded schools that were designed to(01:27) Kaleem Caire is the founder and CEO of one city Schools(10:16) I was superintendent of Milwaukee public Schools for four years(15:56) Khaleem worked in Madison to fight school segregation and truancy(20:33) In Rockford, Illinois, there were 40 charter schools allowed(23:47) What are charter public schools and what do they entail(29:44) Wanda Anthony hired you at Madison Metropolitan school district right out of undergrad(30:07) You tried to get a charter through the urban league, but it didn't happen(37:56) Wisconsin expanded the ability to have independent charter schools outside of Milwaukee(41:11) Talk about those phases, because you all have grown since 2014 in phases(49:56) To turn around public education in America, you need a strong foundation(56:49) The curriculum got kids thinking about what they throw away(57:28) The parents are choosing UK because they like the diversity of our staff(01:02:32) The only people that can build culture are people that are products of it(01:03:29) How can folks support one city schools? One, three ways people can support(01:06:39) Get Uncomfortable is produced in partnership between Rachel Hansen and Adam Smith Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Empowering Futures: The Trio Legacy and Justice in Education
Feb 4 2024
Empowering Futures: The Trio Legacy and Justice in Education
These show notes were generated by Headliner AI. If you enjoy them please tell other podcasters by giving a shoutout to https://headliner.app in your episode ✨---💬 Episode Summary, Option 1Discover the untold story of TRIO programs, the educational justice movement that's been quietly transforming lives for 60 years. Join host Adam Smith and special guest Dr. Evora Baker in an eye-opening conversation about the power of support, empowerment, and educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation college students. From celebrity alumni to the unsung heroes on college campuses, learn how TRIO works, its impact on a grateful nation, and why it's more important than ever. Tune in to "Get Uncomfortable" for a riveting episode that celebrates the triumph of resilience and the promise of higher education for all.---💬 Episode Summary, Option 2In this insightful episode of "Get Uncomfortable," Adam Smith engages with Dr. Evora Baker to peel back the layers of federal TRIO programs that have been pivotal in shaping the futures of first-generation, low-income college students. With a legacy that includes icons like Oprah Winfrey and Prince, TRIO's---💬 Episode Summary, Option 3year saga is one of educational equity, justice, and profound societal impact. Dive into the conversation that delves into the heart of TRIO's mission, the challenges it faces, and the remarkable stories of transformation that affirm its undeniable success.---💬 Episode Summary, Option 4Step into the world of TRIO programs with "Get Uncomfortable," where Adam Smith and Dr. Evora Baker shed light on the initiatives that have been leveling the playing field for underrepresented students since 1964. From Upward Bound to Student Support Services, explore the intricacies and success stories of programs that are not just about education, but about nurturing future leaders who will shape our world. This episode is a heartfelt tribute to the dedication of TRIO professionals and a call to action for continued support of these vital programs.---📋 Episode Chapters(00:00) The federal trio programs began in 1964 with the Educational Opportunity act(03:05) What do trio programs actually do? Talk a little bit about what trio does(07:47) You have some familial trio history as well as professional history(10:08) Ivorah started in trio because she had grant experience(14:03) Ivora has worked in upward bound and student support services(16:43) Race and income of SSS staff and students have impacted sense of belonging(22:57) One of my students, Cameron Mohammed, wanted to go to Howard(23:49) Adam: Institutions often use commitment to students against themselves(32:09) Do you think there's a misunderstanding about what trio does(38:16) Adam Vora says trio programs are leveling the playing field at college campuses(43:15) Adam Baker says his work in trio has impacted many students' lives(47:28) What can people do to help support trio programs in their communities(50:54) Get Uncomfortable is produced in partnership between Rachel Hansen and Adam Smith---Join the Conversation:We value your feedback and welcome your questions or suggestions for future topics. Reach out to us via email at rachelhanson10@gmail.com or adam@hearadamspeak.com, or leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to share this episode with friends and family to help spread the conversation and encourage others to "Get Uncomfortable." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Highlander Syndrome: Navigating Black Leadership
Jan 21 2024
The Highlander Syndrome: Navigating Black Leadership
💬 Episode Summary, Option 1In this gripping episode of 'Get Uncomfortable,' Dr. Isaac Carter, a change management expert, delves into the complex world of professional spaces through the lens of race and identity. With an analogy to 'Highlander,' Dr. Carter and host Adam Smith explore the 'Black Highlander Syndrome,' where black professionals often navigate a battlefield within their careers, echoing the immortals' duels for power in the movie. Tune in to uncover the invisible fights, the pursuit of authenticity, and the struggle to break the wheel in institutions that often resist change.---💬 Episode Summary, Option 2Join us in a profound conversation with Dr. Isaac Carter on 'Get Uncomfortable,' where the stakes are as high as the immortal battles in 'Highlander.' Dr. Carter shares his journey from the halls of higher education to founding Coaching Imperative, and his mission to foster environments of empathy and cultural intelligence. Discover how the 'There Can Be Only One' mindset affects black professionals and the transformative power of love and vulnerability in leadership.---💬 Episode Summary, Option 3Dr. Isaac Carter steps into the 'Get Uncomfortable' spotlight to dissect the reality of black professionals in a world that mirrors the fictional battles of 'Highlander.' From discussing the nuances of black identity in professional settings to the systemic challenges in higher education, Dr. Carter offers insights into creating a more inclusive future. Learn how the echoes of 'There Can Be Only One' shape the experiences of people of color and the importance of love in leadership.---📋 Episode Chapters(00:00) Get uncomfortable podcast features Adam Smith talking about race, politics and religion(01:41) Talk about the work that you currently are doing, the work you've done before(05:18) We talked about Black Highlander syndrome in our talk about higher education(12:58) Black folks that choose to work in higher ed spaces, I haven't met(20:24) Talk about how the presence of black faculty and staff is critical on college campuses(24:17) Isaac Carter: A certain generation ascribed to or believed in this idea(28:28) What advice do you have for black and brown professionals in higher ed(35:46) Midlife professionals need to retool themselves as midlife professionals(36:27) Isaac Carter: Coaching starts and ends with love(41:44) Get Uncomfortable is produced in partnership between Rachel Hansen and Adam Smith Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Justice Served: The Student Loan Debt Revolution
Jan 7 2024
Justice Served: The Student Loan Debt Revolution
💬 Episode Summary, Option 1Discover how a simple letter can signal a seismic shift in the life of someone burdened by student loan debt. Join host Adam Smith and financial expert Ja'net Adams as they unravel the complexities of loan forgiveness and share actionable financial strategies for 2024. This is more than just a conversation; it's a beacon of hope for millions of Americans.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---💬 Episode Summary, Option 2In a system where debt often feels like a life sentence, a wave of forgiveness can feel like justice. Tune in as Adam Smith shares his personal liberation from student loan debt and engages with Ja'net Adams in a candid discussion about the economic policies that are transforming lives. Learn how you can benefit from these changes and make informed financial decisions for the future.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---💬 Episode Summary, Option 3What does justice smell like? For many, it's the scent of financial freedom from the shackles of student loan debt. Join Adam Smith and Ja'net Adams as they explore the impact of recent loan forgiveness policies and provide a roadmap for financial wellness in 2024. This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to navigate the ever-changing financial landscape with confidence and clarity.Episode summary created by https://headliner.app---📋 Episode Chapters(00:00) Adam Smith discusses student loan debt on the Get Uncomfortable podcast(01:41) Janae Adams talks about student loan forgiveness on Get Uncomfortable(03:30) Only 1% of people received student loan forgiveness when last administration was in office(09:39) How can others benefit from some of the Obama administration student loan initiatives(12:38) Department of Education recently rolled out a policy regarding student loan debt(17:05) How student loan forgiveness benefits everyone as an economy(25:10) Talk about interest rates and the economy and if this is a good time to buy(33:08) You talked about some of the promises that our politicians made during campaign(38:48) Janae discusses why voting matters ahead of the midterm elections(40:14) Get uncomfortable is produced in partnership between me, Rachel Hansen and Adam Smith Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Resilience and Opportunity: A Black Woman's Engineering Story
Nov 19 2023
Resilience and Opportunity: A Black Woman's Engineering Story
**Show Notes: Get Uncomfortable Podcast Episode with Rochelle Forney****Introduction:**- Host: Adam Smith- Podcast: Get Uncomfortable- Episode Title: "Breaking Biases and Building Resilience: A Black Woman Engineer's Journey"- Guest: Rochelle Forney, Electrical Engineer at Ford Motor Company**Key Points:****1. Introduction to Rochelle Forney:**- Rochelle Forney, an electrical engineer at Ford Motor Company, shares her journey and experiences in the STEM field.- Discussion about the challenges faced by historically marginalized groups in pursuing STEM education and careers.**2. Background and Early Career:**- Rochelle's background as a non-traditional student and a single mother.- Transition from working in the mailroom at First Energy to pursuing engineering.- A pivotal moment with the CEO of First Energy that opened doors for her and changed her life.**3. Academic Challenges and Resilience:**- Discussion about the challenges faced during college, retaking classes, and dealing with biases.- The importance of resilience and the skills acquired from overcoming academic challenges.**4. Creating Community and Support:**- The significance of programs like Choose Ohio First in creating a supportive community for STEM students.- The role of intentional community-building events and mentorship in navigating the challenges of college.**5. Navigating Academic Barriers:**- Advocacy for self in academia and the importance of sharing personal stories to create understanding.- Challenges faced by non-traditional students and the need for educators to consider diverse backgrounds.**6. Transition to Professional Life:**- The distinction between studying engineering and practicing engineering.- Discussion on the importance of soft skills, communication, and interpersonal abilities in the workplace.**7. Facing Corporate Challenges:**- Challenges and biases faced by a black woman in the corporate engineering space.- Overcoming biases by breaking stereotypes and changing perceptions.**8. Advice to Young Professionals:**- Advice for young professionals entering the workforce, including being humble, asking questions, and breaking biases.- The importance of listening to understand and build resilience.**9. Conclusion:**- Gratitude for the opportunities and support received throughout Rochelle's journey.- Closing remarks and encouragement to stay uncomfortable.**Closing:**- Acknowledgment of the podcast's production team.- Call to action for listeners to support the podcast through reviews, emails, or sharing episodes.**Contact Information:**- Host: Adam Smith - https://hearadamspeak.com/- Podcast: Get Uncomfortable - https://getuncomfortablepodcast.com/**Outro:**- Thank you for listening to Get Uncomfortable.- Stay tuned for more uncomfortable conversations and inspiring stories.These show notes provide a concise summary of the podcast episode, highlighting key themes and takeaways for the audience. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Ongoing Dialogue for Positive Change
Nov 5 2023
Ongoing Dialogue for Positive Change
Introduction:The episode introduces Adam Smith as the host, highlighting the podcast's focus on discussing various contentious topics like race, politics, and religion.Smith reflects on current issues generating debates related to American history, diversity, and the challenges faced in education due to political decisions.Conversation Summary:The discussion features a guest, Shelby Saylor, a former student and now a colleague.Shelby talks about her background, growing up in rural Ohio, and her transformative journey through higher education, particularly attending the University of Akron via the Choose Ohio First scholarship program.She describes her experience in the Jumpstart Program, which exposed her to diverse perspectives, challenging her ingrained beliefs and preconceptions.Shelby pursued a degree in exercise physiology, explaining how her initial perceptions were challenged during the program, leading to significant personal growth.The conversation delves into a pivotal moment in the program when they discussed the use of Native mascots in sports, which profoundly impacted Shelby's perspective on racism and privilege.The discussion touches on the societal implications of controversial mascots and the emotional impact of such symbols on marginalized communities.Challenges and Evolution:Shelby reflects on how her early beliefs, rooted in a lack of exposure to diversity, were challenged by the diverse perspectives introduced during the program.She shares her transformative journey, acknowledging her initial defensiveness and the gradual realization that her identity was not exempt from examination.The conversation explores how her growth extended beyond academia and influenced her professional work in community-based fitness and wellness, aiming to make these services accessible to underserved communities.Shelby emphasizes the importance of continuous self-reflection and the ongoing evolution of one's perspective.Impact and Ongoing Reflection:Smith shares personal anecdotes about societal change in response to activism and the reconsideration of controversial mascots.The conversation highlights the significance of acknowledging societal issues and the importance of evolving perspectives to create a more inclusive and compassionate society.Conclusion:The conversation concludes with an emphasis on continuous societal evolution, hoping for a more inclusive and empathetic future, and the importance of ongoing personal growth and reflection in this journey.Join the Conversation:We value your feedback and welcome your questions or suggestions for future topics. Reach out to us via email at rachelhanson10@gmail.com or adam@hearadamspeak.com, or leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to share this episode with friends and family to help spread the conversation and encourage others to "Get Uncomfortable." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Cannabis Legalization and Social Justice in Minnesota
Oct 22 2023
Cannabis Legalization and Social Justice in Minnesota
Introduction:Host: Adam SmithGuests: Marcus Harkus (Community Organizer, Justice Advocate)Segment 1: The History of Cannabis CriminalizationCannabis and its historical uses.The racial and political motivations behind the criminalization of cannabis in the 1960s.The impact of the "War on Drugs" on marginalized communities.Segment 2: Legalization vs. DecriminalizationExplanation of the differences between legalization and decriminalization.Overview of the recent cannabis legalization in Minnesota, allowing possession of up to 2oz of cannabis in various forms.Discussion of the expungement process for individuals with cannabis-related misdemeanors and felonies.Segment 3: The Rollout of Cannabis Legalization in MinnesotaThe importance of appointing knowledgeable leadership in the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).A critique of the initial choice of the OCM director and the need for qualified and industry-experienced leadership.The potential for a billion-dollar cannabis market in Minnesota and the need to ensure community representation and benefits.Segment 4: Ensuring People-Centered Cannabis IndustryThe importance of conscious consumers and entrepreneurs who prioritize community, wellness, and justice in the cannabis industry.The role of advocacy and building relationships with decision-makers in influencing the industry's direction.Conclusion:Acknowledging the need for continued advocacy for a socially just cannabis industry in Minnesota.Join the Conversation:We value your feedback and welcome your questions or suggestions for future topics. Reach out to us via email at rachelhanson10@gmail.com or adam@hearadamspeak.com, or leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to share this episode with friends and family to help spread the conversation and encourage others to "Get Uncomfortable." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Decriminalization as a Means of Redemption
Oct 8 2023
Decriminalization as a Means of Redemption
Segment 1: The History of Marijuana CriminalizationDiscussion of the historical roots of marijuana criminalization.Mention of the racial elements, including the Nixon administration's targeting of anti-war activists and people of color.Reference to the criminalization of other substances like opium and the racial biases in enforcement.Segment 2: Jason Sole's Personal StoryJason shares his personal journey from growing up in Chicago to becoming an activist and educator.The impact of drug-related issues within his family.His experiences with the criminal justice system, including incarceration and being labeled a felon.Reflections on the disparities in sentencing and treatment of drug offenses.Segment 3: Minnesota's Marijuana Legalization and DecriminalizationDiscussion on the recent legalization of marijuana in Minnesota.Mention of the slow rollout and the intention to ensure equity in the industry.Concerns about corporate interests taking over the market and the potential exclusion of marginalized communities.The importance of addressing not only marijuana convictions but also other related offenses on individuals' records.Segment 4: Collateral Consequences of Marijuana ConvictionsThe segment starts with a discussion on the lasting impact of marijuana convictions, even after decriminalization.The conversation highlights how these convictions can affect individuals' chances of finding housing and employment.Jason Soul emphasizes that decriminalization doesn't eliminate racial disparities in marijuana enforcement.The need for political education around marijuana laws and rights is stressed.Segment 5: Expunging Marijuana ConvictionsJason Soul shares his perspective on the efforts to expunge marijuana convictions in Minnesota.Maureen Ayanlobi, an incarcerated individual, is mentioned for her work on expungements from prison.Various pathways for expungement, such as the Conviction Review Unit and legal clinics, are discussed.The importance of prioritizing individuals in prison for cannabis-related offenses and eliminating related enhancements is highlighted.Segment 6: Historical Roots of CriminalizationThe conversation delves into the historical roots of marijuana criminalization and how it disproportionately impacted communities of color.The Nixon administration's targeting of anti-war activists and black communities is mentioned.The racial caste system and the impact on generations due to addiction and criminalization are discussed.Segment 7: Personal TransformationJason Soul reflects on his own experiences, personal growth, and transformation during and after his time in prison.The challenges faced during incarceration and the determination to change one's life are emphasized.The importance of becoming a responsible husband and father and how it positively affects the family is discussed.Conclusion:The challenges and opportunities ahead in Minnesota's approach to marijuana legalization and decriminalization.The need for intentional efforts to ensure equity and prevent corporate dominance in the industry.Join the Conversation:We value your feedback and welcome your questions or suggestions for future topics. Reach out to us via email at rachelhanson10@gmail.com or adam@hearadamspeak.com, or leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to share this episode with friends and family to help spread the conversation and encourage others to "Get Uncomfortable." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.